>the D7000 doesn’t recognize >the batt > in the aftermarket grips AT ALL!!!
Sorry to hear this isn't working.
I just confirmed that it is working OK with my D7000 with the Meike grip. I tried it with a Nikon battery in the camera body plus 6 AAs in the grip, and then again with a Nikon battery in the body plus another Nikon battery in the grip. In both cases I was able to select which battery to use first, and to confirm this battery was being used. I can see the confirmation in the Battery Info menu pick. A yellow box appears around the battery in use.